Electronic music producer Bert Vertessen was born and raised in Bel, a small suburb of Geel, Belgium. He has been making music as phase57, echod and Bel Dub Labs since the late nineties. His musical style is influenced by Electronica, Ambient and Dub.
From the age of eleven he learned to program computers and still works as a freelance developer today. Although he got a taste of electronic music using a C64, it would take a few more years to get into producing music. With no formal training he taught himself to play the guitar, bass, synthesizer, drums, operate a project studio and build electronic devices.
phase57 has since become the online hub for all his projects. Music, but also photography, video and electronics DIY.
Some of his past work and accomplishments include:
- Producing several albums, tracks and remixes as phase57, echod and Bel Dub Labs
- Producing music and doing sound design for web & commercials.
- Designing album artwork.
- Winning the Labo De Lux short film contest on Canvas, the Belgian national culture channel with “singularity”.
- Nomination for best website on the Studio Brussels alternative music radio station.
- Honourable mention in the Sony World Photography Awards.
It all started with phase57. It always was a platform for experimenting with different styles of music, instruments and recording techniques. A creative outlet not limited only to music but also other forms of digital media like sound design for web and commercials, graphical design (web/album), video and photography.
echod is more streamlined and focussed on electronic music. It is about expression and communicating via synthesized and recorded sounds and rhythms. Tapping into a stream of consciousness to turn ideas, experiences and emotions into an often abstract musical form.
Bel Dub Labs
After discovering the exhilarating music of DUB at the Reggae Geel festival in his home town and being inspired by artists like Mad Professor, Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Alpha, Dubkasm, ..etc.. this project was born.